Former world no. 4 Kei Nishikori announced that he had tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday. The Japanese who got tested in Florida was due to leave for New York on Monday, 17th August to play the Western and Southern (W&S) Open and the US Open thereafter.
His plans to play in the Western and Southern Open have since been scrapped. Nishikori also announced he will provide another update on his health on Friday, 21st August.
Kei Nishikori on testing positive, missing Western and Southern Open
Nishikori’s message, shared via his official website keisapp, said, “Hi everyone, I have some unfortunate news today.
This morning while still in Florida, I got tested for Covid19 and tested positive. I will have to pull out of the Cincinnati tournament at this time. Me and my team will get tested again on Friday at which point I will have another update”.
Sharing details about his physical condition, Nishikori added, “I am feeling well and have very little symptoms but will obviously be in complete isolation for the safety of everyone”. Finally, mentioning his now-scuppered travel plans, he said, “We were planning to fly to New York tomorrow (Monday, 17th August) but will obviously now stay in Florida.
Next update will be on Friday”. The Cincinnati-based tournament that has shifted bases to New York this year would have been the 30-year-old’s first tournament in almost a year. Having forced to lay low with an elbow injury, Nishikori’s last played event was the 2019 US Open.
In 2020, before the pandemic made it imperative for tennis to go into hibernation for about six months, Nishikori had withdrawn from the ATP Cup, Australian Open, New York Open, and the Delray Beach Open in the first two months of the season.
A former finalist at the US Open in 2014 (lost to Marin Cilic), Kei Nishikori’s best results at the Western and Southern Open have been in making it to the third round twice, in 2012 and 2015. In 2019, seeded sixth in the event, Nishikori lost to his compatriot, southpaw Yoshihito Nishioka in the second round in straight sets.